I cannot go to school today

  Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.

My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox.

And there’s one more – that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.

I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in.

My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,

I have a sliver in my thumb.

My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,

I think my hair is falling out.

My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,

There’s a hole inside my ear.

I have a hangnail, and my heart is …
What? What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is ………….. Saturday?

G’bye, I’m going out to play!”


Shel Silverstein

Notes:

Play, Is it really that hard?

CultFit Rain

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10 Comments on “I cannot go to school today”

  1. Love it. Thanks for this. And, to reciprocate:
    The Boa Constrictor Song

    I’m being swallered by a Boa Constrictor
    a Boa Constrictor, a Boa Constrictor
    I’m being swallered by a Boa Constrictor
    and I don’t – like snakes – one bit!
    Oh no, he swallered my toe.
    Oh gee, he swallered my knee.
    Oh fiddle, he swallered my middle.
    Oh what a pest, he swallered my chest.
    Oh heck, he swallered my neck.
    Oh, dread, he swallered my – (BURP)

    • CultFit says:

      Brilliant! I can honestly say that I used to like his books and writing style. Now, I love them. The depth and meaning hanging on each word is so powerful, cheeky but powerful. 🙂

      Take care today (BURP)

  2. Oh, I love shel silverstein. I grew up reading his poems/books. reading that poem gave me happy childhood memories. My favorite band is also name after this poet.

    • CultFit says:

      I’m glad I could help you recapture your childhood for a short spell! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods, take care this weekend. 🙂

  3. Peggy Nolan says:

    Fabulous poem! Made me giggle at the end!

  4. wodezitie says:

    Hurray for Shel Silvertein!


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